Meghna Pant on her story - Fifty shades of Cow

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- Meghna Pant

MEGHNA PANT, the award­win­ning au­thor, colum­nist, speaker and jour­nal­ist, has added an­other feather to her short story cap. Her lat­est story FIFTY SHADES OF COW – which was men­tioned by The New Yorker as a raunchy satire they en­joyed read­ing – has now been longlisted for the pres­ti­gious COM­MON­WEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE (2018).

It was in the top 200 out of more than 6000 story en­tries. In the his­tory of the award only one In­dian au­thor has won the cov­eted short story prize.

The au­thor has a unique story be­hind this story: “I wrote this story in the throes of be­ing a new mother ... on hal­lu­ci­na­tory dawns when I hadn't had a wink of sleep ... when my es­cape from ex­haus­tion was in my writ­ing. The story has taken an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney. While it

didn't make the short­list, it still feels like a tri­umph, be­cause some­times the vic­tory is in the do­ing rather than the win­ning, the dou­ble helix of be­ing a writer and a woman.”

Pant’s de­but col­lec­tion of short sto­ries HAPPY BIRTH­DAY (Ran­dom House In­dia, 2013) was longlisted for the world’s biggest short story award: THE FRANK O'CON­NOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL PRIZE 2014 and short­listed for the pres­ti­gious SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD. ONE AND A HALF WIFE (Westland, 2012) – her de­but novel – won the na­tional Muse In­dia YOUNG WRITER AWARD and was short­listed for the AMA­ZON BREAK­THROUGH NOVEL AWARD.

Her short sto­ries have been pub­lished in re­puted in­ter­na­tional lit­er­ary mag­a­zines, as well as in an­tholo­gies like Namita Gokhale's THE HI­MALAYAN ARC.

Pant also won the FON SOUTH ASIA SHORT STORY AWARD (2016) and the BHARAT NIR­MAN AWARD (2017) for her writ­ing.

Pant has three up­com­ing non-fic­tion books with top pub­lish­ers: FEM­I­NIST RANI (Pen­guin Ran­dom House), HOLY 100 (Rupa), and HOW TO GET PUB­LISHED (Blooms­bury UK).

Her ar­ti­cles have been pub­lished in The Huff­in­g­ton Post, Times of In­dia, DNA, Te­helka, Hin­dus­tan Times, Mid­Day, Mum­bai Mir­ror, Vogue, In­dia To­day, Scroll, First­post and Dai­lyO.

Pant curates the pop­u­lar event ‘Fem­i­nist Rani’, and in­ter­views lead­ing fe­male lead­ers like Shob­haa De, Chanda Kochhar, Kalki Koech­lin and Deepa Ma­lik on She’s The Boss (First­post), First Lady (First­post), and Get Real (SheThePeo­ple.TV).

Pant has spo­ken at the na­tion's biggest lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals and con­fer­ences, in­clud­ing TEDx, Times Lit Fest, and Kala Ghoda Fes­ti­val.

She has as­so­ci­ated with sev­eral char­i­ties for un­der­priv­i­leged girls, like the Avanti Young Women Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, The Blue Rib­bon Move­ment, Kehkasha 2017, Sru­jna Sheroes and served as a men­tor for Sheroes and Vi­tal Voices (a woman em­pow­er­ing ini­tia­tive by Hil­lary Clin­ton).

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